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The Local is Now Global: Building a Union Coalition in the International Transport and Logistics Sector


Barton, R and Fairbrother, P, The Local is Now Global: Building a Union Coalition in the International Transport and Logistics Sector, Industrial Relations, 64, (4) pp. 685-703. ISSN 0019-8676 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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© Département des relations industrielles de l'Université Laval, 2009

DOI: doi:10.7202/038879ar


Trade unions face a range of challenges in a global world. As trade, production and consumption relations change, unions have begun to consider how they organize and operate. The argument is that for trade unions to effectively challenge key aspects of these global relations, they must take steps to rebuild the way they organize and operate at local levels. The conditions for this step are a reflective and experienced leadership, opportunities for leaders to meet each other, and for activists to develop practices of solidarity, information exchange and union cooperation with each other. To explore these themes we study a proto-typical case of inter-union coalition building. Over the last four years, three remote and local transport unions, in Victoria, Australia have developed the Victorian Group of the International Transport Federation. In doing this, these unions are building on existing forms of organization and in the process, they are reforging their relations with each other so as to have the potential to challenge international employers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:global unions, coalition, trade unions, international employers, globalization
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Employment patterns and change
UTAS Author:Barton, R (Dr Ruth Barton)
ID Code:136161
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2019-12-03
Last Modified:2020-05-04

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